Discussions are still on but India has reportedly refused to host Asia Cup 2018 due to the freeze on sporting ties between neighboring country Pakistan.
Therefore, the tournament is likely to be held in Sri Lanka or Bangladesh in September 2018.
The Asia Cup was last played in Bangladesh so Sri Lanka will have a better chance of hosting the mega-scale tournament involving India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and a regional qualifier this year. Once again, the tournament will change formats from Twenty20 to One Day Internationals.
Cricketing ties between India and Pakistan declined after Modi’s rise to power. The compensation claim of USD 70 million against BCCI made things even worse.
“The Pakistan athletes were given visas to take part in the Asian Athletics Championships, but the government says that cricket’s case is a bit different since it has an emotional connection with people from both the countries. When we approached the government with a request, we didn’t get any response from them, but we need to decide fast since we need to inform the ACC (Asian Cricket Council) soon. There are logistical, among many issues involved with hosting a tournament and a country needs time to sort them out,” said a senior BCCI official to the Times of India in December 2017.
India also refused to host the U19 Asia Cup and the tournament was moved to Malaysia. Afghanistan stunned all three teams to be crowned worthy champions.
India last played a bilateral series against Pakistan in 2012-13. A bilateral series between the two sides will only take place with government approval.
The Asia Cup will commence on the 15th of September and conclude on the 30th of September 2018.
Unless something dramatic tends to happen, the island nation will host Asia Cup 2018. The venues and details of the tournament will be announced in the due course.
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